Study Data from J. Abraham et al Provide New Insights into Health and Medical Informatics (A systematic review of the literature on the evaluation of handoff tools: implications for research and practice)
By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Information Technology Newsweekly -- A new study on Health and Medical Informatics is now available. According to news reporting originating in New York City, New York, by VerticalNews journalists, research stated, "Given the complexities of the healthcare environment, efforts to develop standardized handoff practices have led to widely varying manifestations of handoff tools. A systematic review of the literature on handoff evaluation studies was performed to investigate the nature, methodological, and theoretical foundations underlying the evaluation of handoff tools and their adequacy and appropriateness in achieving standardization goals."
The news reporters obtained a quote from the research, "We searched multiple databases for articles evaluating handoff tools published between 1 February 1983 and 15 June 2012. The selected articles were categorized along the following dimensions: handoff tool characteristics, standardization initiatives, methodological framework, and theoretical perspectives underlying the evaluation. Thirty-six articles met our inclusion criteria. Handoff evaluations were conducted primarily on electronic tools (64%), with a more recent focus on electronic medical record-integrated tools (36% since 2008). Most evaluations centered on intra-departmental tools (95%). Evaluation studies were quasi-experimental (42%) or observational (50%), with a major focus on handoff-related outcome measures (94%) using predominantly survey-based tools (70%) with user satisfaction metrics (53%). Most of the studies (81%) based their evaluation on aspects of standardization that included continuity of care and patient safety. The nature, methodological, and theoretical foundations of handoff tool evaluations varied significantly in terms of their quality and rigor, thereby limiting their ability to inform strategic standardization initiatives."
According to the news reporters, the research concluded: "Future research should utilize rigorous, multi-method qualitative and quantitative approaches that capture the contextual nuances of handoffs, and evaluate their effect on patient-related outcomes."
For more information on this research see: A systematic review of the literature on the evaluation of handoff tools: implications for research and practice. Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association, 2014;21(1):154-162. Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association can be contacted at: Bmj Publishing Group, British Med Assoc House, Tavistock Square, London WC1H 9JR, England.
Our news correspondents report that additional information may be obtained by contacting J. Abraham, New York Academy Med, Center Cognit Studies Med & Public Hlth, New York, NY 10029, United States. Additional authors for this research include T. Kannampallil and V.L. Patel.
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